The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

Paperback | November 19, 2016

EditorPeter Robinson

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The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry offers thirty-eight chapters of ground breaking research that form a collaborative guide to the many groupings and movements, the locations and styles, as well as concerns (aesthetic, political, cultural and ethical) that have helpedshape contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland. The book's introduction offers an anthropological participant-observer approach to its variously conflicted subjects, while exploring the limits and openness of the contemporary as a shifting and never wholly knowable category. The five ensuing sections explore: a history of the period's poetic movements; its engagement with form, technique, and the other arts; its association with particular locations and places; its connection with, and difference from, poetry in other parts of the world; and its circling around suchethical issues as whether poetry can perform actions in the world, can atone, redress, or repair, and how its significance is inseparable from acts of evaluation in both poets and readers. Though the book is not structured to feature chapters on authors thought to be canonical, on the principle thatcontemporary writers are by definition not yet canonical, the volume contains commentary on many prominent poets, as well as finding space for its contributors' enthusiasms for numerous less familiar figures. It has been organized to be read from cover to cover as an ever deepening exploration of acomplex field, to be read in one or more of its five thematically structured sections, or indeed to be read by picking out single chapters or discussions of poets that particularly interest its individual readers.

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The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry offers thirty-eight chapters of ground breaking research that form a collaborative guide to the many groupings and movements, the locations and styles, as well as concerns (aesthetic, political, cultural and ethical) that have helpedshape contemporary poetry in Britain and Ir...

Peter Robinson is Professor of English and American Literature at The University of Reading.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:November 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Peter Robinson: Introduction: The Limits and Openness of the ContemporaryI. Movements over Time1. Edward Larrissy: Modernist Survivors2. Michael O'Neill: The Thirties Bequest3. Leo Mellor: The Unburied Past: Walking with Ghosts of the 1940s4. William May: 'Obscure and Doubtful': Stevie Smith, F. T. Prince, and Legacy5. Martin Dodsworth: The Movement: Never and Always6. Jeremy Noel-Tod: 'In different voices': Modernism since the 1960s7. Helen Bailey: Two Poetries?: A Re-examination of the 'Poetry Divide' in 1970s Britain8. Deryn Rees-Jones: A Dog's Chance: The Evolution of Contemporary Women's Poetry?9. Richard Price: CAT-scanning the Little Magazine10. Matthew Sperling: Books and the Market: Trade Publishers, State Subsidies, and Small PressesII. Senses of Form and Technique11. Jeffrey Wainwright: 'Space available': A Poet's Decisions12. Adam Piette: Contemporary Poetry and Close Reading13. Simon Dentith: 'All livin language is sacred': Poetry and Varieties of English in these Islands14. Zoe Skoulding: Misremembered Lyric and Orphaned Music15. Conor Carville: 'The degree of power exercised': Recent Ekphrasis16. Sophie Mayer: Cinema Mon Amour: How British Poetry Fell in Love with Film17. Peter Carpenter: Singing Schools and Beyond: The Roles of Creative WritingIII. Poetry in Places18. Heather O'Donoghue: Historical and Archaeological: The Poetry of Recovery and Memory19. John Kerrigan: London, Albion20. Peter Middleton: The 'London Cut': Poetry and Science21. David Wheatley: 'Dafter than we care to own': Some Poets of the North of England22. John Redmond: Auden in Ireland23. Maria Johnston: 'Other Modes of Being': Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Paul Muldoon, and Translation24. Alice Entwistle: Writing [W]here: Gender and Cultural Positioning in Ireland and Wales25. Rod Mengham: The Altered Sublime: Raworth, Crozier, PrynneIV. Border Crossings26. David Herd: Dislocating Country: Post-War English Poetry and the Politics of Movement27. Omaar Hena: Multi-ethnic British Poetries28. Stephen Romer: European Affinities29. Iain Galbraith: Scottish Poetry in the Wider World30. Romana Huk: The View from the USA31. Anna Smaill: Audience and Awkwardness: Personal Poetry in Britain and New ZealandV. Responsibilities and Values32. Maximilian de Gaynesforde: Speech Acts, Responsibility, and Commitment in Poetry33. Natalie Pollard: 'Is a chat with me your fancy?': Address in Contemporary British Poetry34. Peter Robinson: 'There Again': Composition, Revision, and Repair35. Piers Pennington: Reparation, Atonement, and Redress36. Michael Symmons Roberts: Contemporary Poetry and Belief37. Andrea Brady: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Poet38. Peter Robinson: Contemporary Poetry and Value

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"A lively and informative book ... It gives strong representation to poetries often marginalized in such overview books, and it is a very considerable achievement. It is also, self-evidently, a necessary purchase for all university libraries." --Peter Barry, The Review of English Studies 02/05/2014